Mommy lesson #58: Toddlers are hilarious, frustrating, and baffling, often all at the same time

Hi there faithful readers! Did you miss me? It’s been a couple weeks. I actually have lots of blog content rolling around in my head, but well, life happened and I haven’t actually written any of it down. First there was the stomach virus that hit me like a mac truck and left me queasy and weak for days. I’m still not feeling completely back to normal (let me just answer that inevitable question right now, no I’m not pregnant). Then there was that huge project Mom and I finally finished for the master bedroom. It’s one of those to-be-published posts, but I’ve been putting it off because it was such a time-consuming, multi-step process and I’m afraid even writing about it will take forever. I’ll just give you this teaser/warning: constructing Roman shades from scratch is not for the faint of heart, but they do look amazing!

pardon the picture quality…haven’t mastered how to take a picture of a window yet
Hello spring! Finally got to break out the sidewalk chalk!

Last week was full of play dates, parties, community group and MOPS, then Friday afternoon Chris, Charlotte and I headed to Branson for the weekend. I’m so excited about the warm weather that means day trips and weekend jaunts, not to mention a family trip to the beach next month! Needless to say I will be adding to my Traveling with a Toddler series shortly!

taking some time to smell the roses…er, daffodils

When I have any, my free time has been spent prepping for C’s Minnie Bow-tique party, which is (incredibly) coming up in two short weeks! I had planned not to go quite as all-out as I did for her owl party last year, but I just can’t help myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

Invitation version 1: tutorial to come!

It’s going to be darling if I do say so myself, and I plan on posting tons of pictures. C is so excited too. She’s old enough now to understand the concept of a party, and is fully aware that we are throwing her a “Minnie’s bow-tique party” (just ask her!). I’m actually giving two parties, one for her friends during our normal playgroup time on Tuesday morning, and one for our extended family on Saturday. That way I can leave the decorations up all week and get maximum use out of them! ๐Ÿ™‚ Then there’s her actual birthday, which is on a Thursday, the day she goes to Adventureland (Mom’s Day Out) so of course we will be celebrating with her school friends too! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hey, she’ll only turn 2 once, so we might as well make the most of it!
Speaking of turning two, my precocious daughter has definitely entered this stage. Smiley and happy one second, complete on-the-floor, legs pounding meltdown the next. One of the mommy blogs I follow posted this definition of a toddler, and I just had to share it with you:


I don’t know about you, but this describes my daughter perfectly. I thought just for fun and posterity I should record some of Baby Girl’s most recent classic toddler behavior:

– Last night while I was making dinner she pulled the splatter shield I use over my skillets out of the cupboard and started swinging it around. When I asked her what she was doing, she replied “I playing tennis!” (How in the heck does she know what tennis is?)
– She can climbing into her high chair by herself now, but often gets stuck trying to turn around and sit down. When I attempt to help her she screams, cries, climbs down, and has to do it again without my interference.
– Today she was eating some strawberries for lunch. She first stood them all up on the flat endย  with the tips pointing up, arranging them in a circle. Then she said “talk talk talk” like they were having a conversation. Then she picked up a piece, rapped on it with her knuckles and said “knock knock” before shoving it into her mouth. ???
– This morning when she was eating breakfast she heard Chris opening and closing drawers as he was getting ready. “That’s Daddy!” she exclaimed with delight, yelling “Daddy Daddy Daddy!” and bouncing up and down in her high chair. When he came into the room two minutes later and tried to greet her with a kiss she yelled “no no Daddy, no touch, go away!” and tried to push him back. Mood swings much?
– As we were leaving for play group this morning she suddenly exclaimed, “Oh, Elphie bye bye!” like she’d forgotten to say goodbye to our dog. She ran back to the couch where Elphie was sleeping, climbed up and gave the poor dog a huge hug, saying “Bye bye Elphie, good girl, I miss you so much!” Hello drama queen.
– Yesterday when we got back to the car after grocery shopping she pointed and said “That’s our car. That’s the wheel. That’s the tire.” Then she kicked the tire. Dad, are you trying to turn her into a mechanic already?
Being mom to a toddler is wonderful, confusing, humbling experience. I have no idea where she learns half the stuff she says and does. And I’m supposed to guide and nurture this little spitfire, teaching her discipline and self-control? Wow, now that’s a daunting task! Thank the Lord for the power of prayer and guidance of the Holy Spirit!
What strange, funny, or amazing behavior has your toddler demonstrated lately? Share some stories!

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